A Vancouver art dealer is suing the Andy Warhol Foundation over
the sale of a series of Polaroids (seen below) that the late artist
Warhol snapped of a mullet-sporting Wayne Gretzky 30 years ago.
According to CBC.ca, the dealer, Frans Wynans,
filed a claim with the British Columbia Supreme Court last week
stating that he hired Warhol to paint a series of portraits of
Gretzky in 1983, just before Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers went
on a run of four Stanley Cup championships in five years.
TheProvince.com reports that the claim states
Wynans paid Warhol $175,000 for the six original paintings —
one of which was later sold to Gretzky himself — and paid
Gretzky’s company $50,000 plus royalties for the rights to use
Gretzky’s name and likeness to sell the art.
When Warhol died in 1987, he left the Polaroids behind, and in
February, his foundation sold four of them in an online auction at
Christie’s. A search of the Christies.com website shows a
single photo of Gretzky that sold for $9,375, as well as a
collection of four photos in another lot that sold for $11,250.
Wynans told TheProvince.com that the photos in question are the
ones in the set of four.